ICC World Cup 2019: Top 10 Players who could be playing their last World Cup
2019 is the year of the ICC Cricket World Cup with the world's best teams coming together to compete for the big trophy. Usually, after every World Cup, there are some legends of the game who bid farewell to the game. Even this time around, some top players will make a last effort to be part of a World Cup winning team.
While some players like Virat Kohli, Ravi Chandran Ashwin, and Adam Gilchrist were fortunate enough to win the cup in their very first appearance, someone like the legendary Sachin Tendulkar had to wait for six World Cups before attaining glory in his final appearance.
Indian legends like Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman were never part of a World Cup winning squad. It is surely a great regret for these players to not have won a World Cup in their distinguished careers.
Similar to every World Cup, some of the legends of the game are expected to hang their boots after this year’s World Cup in England. Here is a look 10 such top cricketers who would be playing their last World Cup.
# 10 Hashim Amla (South Africa) – Age – 35
ODI Career- Matches – 174, Inns – 171, Runs – 7910, , 100s – 27, 50s -37
Hashim Amla has been the pillar of South Africa’s batting over the last 15 years. Though Amla made his Test debut as early as in 2004, he made his ODI debut only in 2008. He was originally considered as a technically perfect batsman best suited for Test cricket.
With the presence of stroke makers like Herschelle Gibbs, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers in their batting line up, South Africa needed a steady batsman like Amla at Number three to anchor the innings. Since his ODI debut in 2008, Amla has been a consistent performer over the years and has been a regular member of the South African team in all formats of the game.
In his 12 year ODI career, Amla has managed to score over 800 runs in 5 calendar years. While he looks like a grinder of runs, he still has a decent strike rate of 89 which is at par with many other great ODI batsmen.
In the two World Cups that Amla has played so far in 2011 and 2015, he has managed to score more than 300 runs in each event.